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SENATE BILL NO. 1485
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S1485................................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
SCHOLARSHIPS - Adds to existing law relating to math and science
scholarships to provide for a short title; to set forth purposes; to
provide definitions; to authorize creation of a Mathematics and Science
Scholarship Education Fund; to provide for determination of the number of
scholarships; and to provide for the administration of the scholarships.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1485
BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION; AMENDING TITLE 33,
3 IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW CHAPTER 56, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, TO
4 PROVIDE FOR A SHORT TITLE, TO SET FORTH PURPOSES, TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS,
5 TO AUTHORIZE CREATION OF A MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP EDUCATION
6 FUND, TO PROVIDE FOR DETERMINATION OF THE NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND TO
7 PROVIDE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS.
8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
9 SECTION 1. That Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended
10 by the addition thereto of a NEW CHAPTER, to be known and designated as Chap-
11 ter 56, Title 33, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
12 CHAPTER 56
13 MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
14 33-5601. SHORT TITLE. This act shall be known and cited as the "Idaho
15 Mathematics and Science Scholarship Act."
16 33-5602. PURPOSE. The legislature recognizes the shortage of trained
17 mathematics and science teachers available to our schools and intends to pro-
18 vide privately funded scholarships, administered by the state board of educa-
19 tion, that will attract mathematics and science teachers to our postsecondary
20 education institutions and retain those trained in mathematics and the sci-
21 ences to teach in Idaho schools.
22 33-5603. DEFINITIONS. Unless the context provides otherwise, as used in
23 this chapter:
24 (1) "Board" means the office of the state board of education.
25 (2) "Education costs" means the student cost for tuition, fees, books,
26 expenses related to reasonable commuting and such other expenses reasonably
27 related to attendance at a postsecondary education institution.
28 (3) "Eligible student" means any individual who declares the individual's
29 intention to matriculate in a postsecondary education institution in the state
30 of Idaho during the educational year immediately following:
31 (a) The individual's graduation from an accredited secondary school in
32 the state of Idaho; or
33 (b) The individual's graduation from an accredited secondary school out-
34 side of the state of Idaho, provided that the individual graduated from
35 such school, and the individual and a parent of the individual were resi-
36 dents of the state of Idaho, within one (1) year of leaving the state due
37 to the military status or job relocation of a parent; and
38 who will major in mathematics or science education and upon graduation will
39 agree to teach mathematics or science for a minimum of four (4) years in Idaho
1 (4) "High school record" shall be defined by the board and may include,
2 but need not be limited to, an individual's secondary school cumulative grade
3 point average or a composite score on the American college test (ACT) and
4 shall demonstrate an aptitude that provides the likelihood of success in
5 graduating with a degree in mathematics or science.
6 (5) "Mathematics and science teacher" means a teacher who spends the
7 majority of the teacher's time in mathematics and science education at the
8 secondary school level or as a mathematics and science specialist at the ele-
9 mentary school level.
10 (6) "Postsecondary education institution" means an Idaho public post-
11 secondary organization governed or supervised by the state board of education
12 and the board of regents of the university of Idaho, a board of trustees as
13 established by law, a board of trustees of a community college established
14 pursuant to the provisions of section 33-2106, Idaho Code, or the state board
15 for professional-technical education or any educational organization which is
16 operated privately and not for profit under the control of an independent
17 board and not directly controlled or administered by a public or political
19 (7) "Scholarship" means the mathematics and science education scholarship
20 as provided for in section 33-5604, Idaho Code.
21 33-5604. MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS. (1) The board is
22 hereby authorized to create a mathematics and science education scholarship
23 fund and to deposit into said fund gifts, legacies and devises of property for
24 scholarships as provided in this chapter for the use and benefit of eligible
26 (2) The total amount of scholarships shall be determined annually by the
27 board based on the number of eligible students, the individual award amount
28 and the availability of funds.
29 (3) Scholarships shall be administered by the board as follows:
30 (a) The scholarship payment to an eligible student per educational year
31 for attendance at a postsecondary education institution on a full-time
32 basis shall not be in excess of an amount determined annually by the board
33 or in excess of the total education cost as certified by an official of
34 the postsecondary education institution to be attended by the eligible
35 student receiving the scholarship.
36 (b) The total scholarship payments over a period of six (6) years to an
37 eligible student shall not exceed four (4) annual grants or the total edu-
38 cation cost for four (4) educational years completed as certified by an
39 official of the postsecondary education institution or institutions
40 attended by the eligible student receiving the scholarship, whichever is
42 (c) The eligible student receiving the scholarship shall sign an affida-
43 vit stating that the scholarship will be used for education costs only.
44 (d) The scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of the eligible
45 student's high school record, on the probability of the eligible student
46 successfully completing requirements for a mathematics or science degree
47 and, after graduation, agreeing to teach a minimum of four (4) years in
48 Idaho public schools.
49 (e) The eligible student receiving the scholarship is not precluded from
50 receiving other financial aid, awards or scholarships, provided the total
51 of the scholarship and such other financial aid, awards or scholarships
52 does not exceed the total education costs for attendance at a post-
53 secondary education institution as certified by an official of the post-
54 secondary education institution to be attended by the eligible student
1 receiving the scholarship.
2 (f) Scholarship payments shall correspond to academic terms, semesters,
3 quarters or equivalent time periods at a postsecondary education institu-
5 (g) In no instance shall the entire amount of a scholarship for an educa-
6 tional year as defined in section 33-4306(8), Idaho Code, be paid to or on
7 behalf of an eligible student in advance.
8 (h) The eligible student shall comply with such rules, including rules on
9 repaying all or part of the awarded scholarship in the event that the stu-
10 dent fails to comply with the scholarship terms and conditions set forth
11 in this section, as promulgated by the board as may be necessary for the
12 administration of this chapter.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This bill provides the framework for a scholarship program for
math and science teachers to be funded by private industry and
administered by the State Board of Education.
It is recognized that some additional work will need to be done
by State Board of Education personnel, but no additional staff is
Name: Senator Goedde
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1485